Year: 1980 Source: Political Theory, v.8, no.2, (May 1980), p.169-182 SIEC No: 20021149

This article explores both the secular and theological strands of argument found in Locke’s writing’s on suicide, and the respective roles which they fulfill in his philosophy. The author argues for the conditional nature of Locke’s injunction against suicide as a means of accomadating his political contemporaries to Lockean politics, rather than an injuction made for the sake of man’s moral being.